Friday, August 27, 2010

Carroll County Bicyclist Killed When Struck by Tractor Trailer

On Tuesday, August 24, 2010, Arthur John Martin, Jr., 51, a retired police officer, was riding his bicycle on Maryland 75 in Carroll County when he was struck by a tractor trailer.  The tractor trailer driver, Anthony Edward Woodie, 37, was operating his 1985 Peterbuilt on Shepherds Mill Road and was turning right on Maryland 75 when he failed to yield the right of way and struck Mr. Martin.  It was reported that Mr. Martin was thrown from his bicycle and then struck by the tractor-trailer.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Maryland State Police crash team are still investigating this accident and charges are currently pending against the tractor trailer driver.  There is no evidence to suggest that alcohol or speed contributed to this accident. This is yet another example of why the question keeps being raised, "Whether motorists should share the roads with bicyclists?"  Clearly, a 25-pound bicycle is no match for a 10,000-pound truck.  Bicyclists should be lobbying for designated bike lanes for bicycle safety.  Recently, advocates for the League of American Bicyclists were at the Capitol expressing their excitement over the bike lane extending between the Capitol and the White House.  If they can have them in Washington, D.C., why not everywhere?

If you, a family member, or someone you know has been involved in a bicycle accident, truck accident or automobile accident, please contact one of our Maryland Accident Lawyers for a free consultation or visit us on the web at

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